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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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Visit the Elephanta Caves on this 4-hour tour. Explore the more enormous Hindu caves, the smaller Buddhist caves as well as the main cave, also known as the Shiva Cave. See the numerous sculptures depicting various aspects of Shiva’s life.
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Regal Cinema
Or, you can also get picked up
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    Elephanta Caves
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    Disemark with your Tour Guide After an hour long boat ride to Elephanta Island from the Gateway of India, explore the magnificent caves. The outer caves were used as a place of Hindu worship until Portuguese rule was established. The caves further in are smaller and are Buddhist caves. The main cave, otherwise known as the Shiva Cave, contains numerous carvings throughout depicting various aspects of Lord Shiva including his wedding, his slaying of Andhaka and more. There will also be a sculpture of the Trimurti in the main cave that is approximately 20 feet tall. Other wings of the caves have shrines dedicated to Shiva’s sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh. Book and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site with a guide from Gharapuri, which is a small village on the south side of the island.
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    Pass by Gateway Of India Mumbai
You'll return to the starting point
  • Informative guided tour of Elephanta Caves
  • Enrich your visit with detailed commentary on the UNESCO-World Heritage Site
  • Travel with your guide from Mumbai port for added convenience (tickets own expense)
  • Explore smaller, more remote caves as well as the main attractions
What to Expect
Disembark with your guide on Elephanta Island after a short ferry ride from the Mumbai port. At this bonafide open-air museum, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures are displayed within cavernous shrines, well-preserved despite centuries of worship. Learn about the long tradition of Hindu worship that ended with the beginnings of Portuguese colonial rule, and explore smaller, off-the-beaten-track Buddhist caves away from the main sights. Wander at your own pace through the spectacular rock-cut architecture and come face-to-face with timeless icons, like a 20-foot sculpture of Trimurti, or the three forms of the Hindu cosmos. Listen to detailed commentary on the Hindu pantheon of gods, including Shiva, who occupies a place of honor in the largest cave. At the end of the tour, return to Mumbai or, if you've selected the option, head to a family lunch for a delicious meal.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, opposite Prince of Wales Museum, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from your accommodation


  • Mumbai Airport, Maharashtra 400099, Mumbai India


  • Alexander Dock(Green Gate)
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Expert Guide (English, Spanish or German speaking depending on option selected)
  • Family Lunch (Only if Lunch Inclusive Option Selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 people)
  • Entrance fee: USD 8 per person
  • Return ferry ticket: USD 3 per person
  • Gratuities
  • Any other meals or drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Elephanta Caves
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • No strict dress code is enforced at tour sites. However, please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; spaghetti straps and short shorts are not recommended
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes, and sunglasses/sunscreen are highly recommended, as well as a hat or scarf for ladies
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • prices for English,Spanish and German are different
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I was picked up from my hotel by Ankit. He escorted me to Gateway of India and on the boat over to the island where we met Sameer, my guide. He lives on the island with his young family. The caves were amazing and Sameer’s knowledge of the carvings and history added to the
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Response from MysticalMumbaiTours, Owner at Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for showing the interest in our tour. Also thanks for giving your precious time in writing the review
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Nitin was super informative about the history of the elephant caves and gave us Americans the full private guided experience. He was kind, educated, and knew the area well. We felt at ease and comfortable while enjoying such a popular tourist attraction.
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Response from MysticalMumbaiTours, Owner at Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are glad that you really enjoyed the tour.
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Great day to spend seeing such a historical place in Mumbai! We were picked up and dropped off by our driver promptly. Mystical Mumbai was also very accommodating by our different pick up and drop off locations. We were able to communicate that on short notice through
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Response from MysticalMumbaiTours, Owner at Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for writing a review and highly appreciated your time. see you soon ....
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Great tour, everything was well organized, we got picked up in the airport and went took the ferry with a person from the company (45 min ride and you are always with a person from the company) then we met the guide in the caves for a good explanation and head back to Mumbai and
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Had a fantastic day visiting the caves. Madhura was very profesional and attentive to everyone’s needs. I will certainly recommend this tour and company to my friends
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Response from MysticalMumbaiTours, Owner at Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for nice review. it means a lot for us
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, German, Spanish
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